Groundhog Day The Movie, Buddhism and Me

The French Stuff

A correspondent who found this page in 2003 asked me a question I never considered before; when Bill Murray starts spouting French to Andy McDowell in the restaurant, what is he saying? On April 11, 2004, Screenwriter Danny Rubin was kind enough to supply the words and a translation (without vouching for the French spelling):

La fille que j'aimera
Sera comme bon vin
Qui se bonifiera
Un peux chaques matin

(My French spelling is probably wrong)

The girl I will love
Is like a good wine
That gets a little better
every morning.

--Sung by Jaques Brel

Here's the whole song.

A reader who found this page in early 2006 asked me what poem Andy McDowell recites to Bill Murray in the diner. I found it quickly at Fark.com, in the midst of a series of exchanges on the subject of Groundhog Day.

Sir Walter Scott:
The wretch, concentrated all in self
Living, shall forfeit fair renown
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung
Unwept, unhonoured, and unsung.

"Connors cackles at her earnestness. You dont like poetry? she asks. I love poetry, he replies, I just thought that was Willard Scott," is the transcript at Fark, which matches my recollection of the scene and the joke.

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Commentary from Prof. Franz Metcalf, (http://mind2mind.net), author of Just Add Buddha and Buddha in your Backpack

The name Ned Ryerson

New York Times Feature Story on Groundhog Day, The Movie

Boston Globe Anniversary Appreciation

French (Jaques Brel) in the restaurant and Walter Scott (The Wretch) in the Diner

Paul Schindler's Blog Comments On Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day Links and Metalinks

Groundhog Day Script Writer Danny Rubin

Groundhog Day Star Bill Murray

Groundhog Day Director Harold Ramis

New Yorker Profile of Groundhog Day Director Harold Ramis

Groundhog Day essay in Stephen Simon's book, The Force Is With You: Mystical Movie Messages That Inspire Our Lives

Groundhog Day essay by Mario Sesti in the Museum of Modern Art catalog for, The Hidden God: Film and Faith

Groundhog Day by Ryan Gilbey, published by the British Film Institute and the University of California Press.

The Italian remake of Groundhog Day .

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